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Artist
MATTHIAS HERRMANN
Price
$35.00
Date
2012
Publisher
Printed Matter
Format
Artists' Books
ISBN
9780894390623
Size
17 × 23.5 × 1.5 cm
Length
96 
Description

Synopsis: In 69, Viennese artist Matthias Herrmann departs from his characteristic self-portraits. The book presents full-color reproductions of found postcards and other paraphernalia from late 60s-era Concorde and Boeing 747 jet airplanes. The postcards are portraits of a lost American futurism; Technicolor backdrops highlight the planes’ sleek silhouettes, signaling supersonic speed, luxury, and progress. Herrmann has included both sides of some postcards, where glowing publicity copy and multilingual messages forecast a world where distance and other barriers are finally surmountable. But the last page undermines that midcentury techno-nostalgia: a short timeline of events occurring in the year 1969 infuses the cheery postcards with a deep consciousness of the discrimination, injustice, and suffering concurrent in the homosexual community. Seen with a contemporary eye, these promises of progress become artifacts of a naïve and imperfect past.

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